Judiciary Dem: House investigations must 'start at the beginning' before discussing impeachment

Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify House approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour Progressive House Democrats describe minimum wage hike as feminist issue in Teen Vogue column MORE (D-Wash.) said Sunday that the House should prioritize thorough investigations of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE before any action to impeach him.

Jayapal, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN’s Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that she had previously supported articles of impeachment against Trump because “Republicans refused to even allow us to have a discussion about the things that were out there.”

“Now that we’re in charge, we now have a responsibility to conduct the investigations and that’s what we’re doing,” she said. “I think people want to go to the end of the debate and I want to start at the beginning, something we were never allowed to do under Republican rule.” 

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Jayapal noted ongoing House investigations and requests for documents since Democrats took control of the chamber in January, including the Judiciary Committee’s request for documents from 81 individuals and organizations.

Jayapal added that any speculation about the final findings of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s just-concluded report was premature.

“To say there’s no collusion when we haven’t seen the report… I think is disingenuous,” she said. “We need to look at everything, not just the summary conclusions but everything underneath. Certainly there is precedent, thanks to the Republicans, of releasing even classified information.”

Attorney General William Barr is expected to send Mueller's conclusions to top lawmakers on Capitol Hill as early as Sunday.